MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT
You likely have a few key moments in your life when you have found yourself overflowing with joy: the day of your confirmation, your high school and college graduations, your wedding day, the birth of your child, when you get a promotion at work, your retirement. On these important days, you can’t think of any other feeling but joy.
But we all know what happens eventually, right? The excitement of those joy-filled days wears off. You face situations that make you question your faith. Adulting isn’t as fun as you thought it would be. You learn how difficult marriage and parenting really are. That promotion at work isn’t exactly what you had in mind. You find retirement to be a lot more lonely than exciting. The joy you once felt feels like a distant memory as you face the challenges of different seasons of life.
Here’s the key point to remember about joy: because of Jesus, you can be joyful even in the toughest of times. The circumstances you face in life do not negate the joy you have in your Savior. As Paul faced persecution and prison time for sharing the hope he has in his Savior Jesus, he wrote these words: I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:18b-21).
Like Paul, we can find joy in all of life’s situations because of the hope we have in Jesus. You’re invited to join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am. You can worship at Victory, on our live stream site, or on our YouTube channel.
Reaching today’s people with Christ’s victory,
Sammi Goodger, Communications Director
CURRENT SERIES: EMOTIONS
ICYMI – Pastor Bill kicked off our new series Emotions: Dealing with Feelings with a message about grief. Even at the deepest stages of grief, God is with us. To read and watch the message, click here.You can also view an interview about grief with counselor Karen Fischer by clicking here.
Coming Up This Weekend – Pastor Ben continues the Emotions series with a message about joy. Things won’t always be easy. but Jesus will be your joy through it all. You can join in for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at Victory, on our live stream site, or our YouTube channel.
Versiti Blood Drive – Save a life… donate blood! Victory’s next Versiti blood drive is taking place on Wednesday, May 11 from 2:30-6:30pm. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are encouraged. Click here to make your appointment.
Concert Planning Team – We’re exciting to host a concert with The Playlist on July 16 at Victory! We’ll have more details on volunteer opportunities coming up soon. If you’d like to be part of the planning committee, please click here to get in touch with Robina, our events coordinator.
Glad You Asked series – Starting June 5, Victory will have a sermon series called Glad You Asked. We need your help to select topics for this series! Please email us with your questions or suggestions for topics that people ask about related to church, God, or Christianity.
Mother’s Day at Victory – Next Sunday, May 8, we’ll celebrate Mother’s Day at Victory. In addition to a special message for moms (and everyone!), we’ll have a photo booth available for you and your family to snap a photo before or after worship.
Installations and Confirmation Sunday – This Sunday will be an exciting day at Victory! At our 9:00am service, we’ll install Cindy Bergner, Robina Biesterfeld, and Jayne Reuter to their positions at Victory. And at our 10:30am service, we’re welcoming 14 confirmands into membership at Victory. Please be prepared to arrive at Victory a few minutes early and park further out to leave closer spots open for our guests and visitors.
Tuition Assistance – Victory is still accepting applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2022-2023 school year. This fund supports families who opt for Christian education and send their children to area WELS schools. To learn more, read the guidelines, and download an application, click here. Applications are due by May 15, 2022.
Communications Director: Now Accepting Applications – Victory is now accepting applications to fill the Communications Director role. Please click here to view the job description. Those interested in applying for the position should email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com by May 1. NOTE: The interview committee will consider splitting the position into two part-time positions depending on applications received. So, if you are qualified for and interested in portions of the role, you are encouraged to apply.